WNIT Game Preview: Columbia vs. Seton Hall

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NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s basketball team (25-6, 12-2 Ivy) hosts Seton Hall (22-12, 12-8 BIG EAST) Monday night in the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament according to -2022 season. Schiller Court’s tip at the Levien Gymnasium is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting GoColumbiaLions.com/Tickets or by calling 888-LIONS-11. Tickets can also be purchased onsite at the box office located on the southeast corner of 120th and Broadway.

UPDATED SPECTATOR POLICIES:

Effective March 14, 2022, masking will no longer be required inside or outside of Columbia University. Masking will become optional and recommended in crowded environments.

All spectators in attendance, ages 5 and older, must present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter all Columbia Athletics venues. Evidence of full vaccination includes two doses of approved mRNA vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


For more information, please see the Columbia Athletics Venue Policy page at GoColumbiaLions.com/VenuePolicies.

BROADCAST COVERAGE:
Monday night’s game will be televised in the New York Market on SportsNet New York (SNY). Fans with a cable subscription that includes SNY can watch the game on SNY.TV. The game will also be streamed online at ESPN3which is available by visiting ESPN.com or by the ESPN app. John Fanta and Maren Walseth will have the call.



Live statistics will be provided by GoColumbiaLions.com. Live updates will also be posted on the women’s basketball team Twitter page (@CULionsWBB).

5 THINGS TO KNOW:



1. THE COLUMBIA POST-SEASON RACE
• Columbia successively beat Holy Cross, Old Dominion and Boston College to earn their place in the WNIT quarter-finals. The Lions picked up home wins over Holy Cross, 80-69, and BC, 54-51. They beat the Monarchs on the road, 62-59, in the second round.


• The Lions participate in their first WNIT in program history. Prior to this season, Columbia had not played a postseason game since 1985–86, when they won the AIWA Championships from New York State and moved up to the NCAA Div. III Eastern Regional.


• Columbia earned a spot in the WNIT by earning the automatic Ivy League qualifying spot. The Lions went 22-6, 12-2 in the Ivy League throughout the regular season. They won the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League tournament and defeated Yale, 67-38, in the semifinals. Top-seeded Princeton won the league’s automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament by defeating Columbia in the tournament title game, 77-59.

2. A LOOK AT THE SUPPORT

• Only eight teams remain in the tournament – ​​two in each region. Monday night’s winner between Columbia and Seton Hall will face the winner of Toledo and Middle Tennessee State in the WNIT Final Four. The regional final between Toledo and MTSU will end Monday night at 7 p.m. ET.

• Click here for a full overview of WNIT 2022 support.

3. HSU-TING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

Hsu Abbey enters the game with the most career 3-pointers in Columbia women’s basketball history (170), as well as the most single-season treys in Ivy League history (105). She broke both records in the WNIT first round victory over Holy Cross, surpassing Katie Benzan’s previous Ivy League record of 99 in the first half, as well as Melissa Shafer’s previous career record (2008- 12) at Columbia by 166 in the second half.

• Coming into Monday’s game, Hsu has scored 509 points this season, becoming the fourth Lion in program history to do so. Camille Zimmerman (2014-18) has done it twice and holds a season-high 608 points in his 2016-17 junior campaign. Hall of Famer Judie Lomax is next on the list ahead of Hsu, scoring 521 points as a senior in 2009-10.
Single-season record: points (Colombia)

1. Camille Zimmermann – 608 (2016-17)
2. Ellen Bossert – 598 (1985-86)
3. Camille Zimmermann – 565 (2017-18)
4. Judie Lomax – 521 (2009-10)
5. Hsu Abbey – 509 (2021-22)

4. FOUR LAW AGAINST THE GREAT ORIENT
• The Lions have won four consecutive games against opponents from the BIG EAST. Earlier this season, they beat Georgetown, 66-56, in double overtime to extend their winning streak to four games. Before that, they had their last victory in the BIG EAST on December 6, 2019 when they beat the Hoyas, 54-49, on education day at Levien Gymnasium. The game rocked at 11 a.m. with more than 2,400 New York-area elementary students in attendance. Columbia earned its first BIG EAST win in program history by defeating Providence, 66-64, on Education Day in 2016. The Lions beat the Brethren again in the 2017 season opener. -18.

Columbia vs. BIG EAST (last 4 games)
– Columbia 66, Georgetown 56 (2OT) – November 21, 2022 (Washington, DC)
– Columbia 54, Georgetown 54 – December 6, 2019 (New York, NY)
– Columbia 73, Providence 64 – November 10, 2017 (Providence, RI)
– Columbia 66, Providence 64 (OT) – December 7, 2016 (New York, NY)

5. THE OPPONENT

• Down nine points in the fourth quarter, the Pirates completed a furious late rally to beat Drexel, 78-71, at Walsh Gym on Monday to advance to the WNIT Elite Eight. Seton Hall outscored the Dragons, 31-20, to turn a nine-point deficit into a seven-point win. The Pirates were 11-for-14 in the fourth quarter overall, 4-for-5 from three-point range and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.

• Seton Hall posted a 19-12, 12-8 BIG EAST record throughout the regular season and BIG EAST Tournament. They fell to second-seeded Villanova in the semi-finals, 64-55. The Pirates have since beaten Fairleigh Dickinson, Virginia Commonwealth and Drexel in the first three rounds of WNIT. All three of those wins came at the Walsh Gymnasium, the home ground of the Pirates.

• Junior Lauren Park-Lane has a team-high 18.4 points and 241 assists this season (7.1/game), ranking 4th in the NCAA in total assists and assists per game. Lane is also in the NCAA top 50 in assist-to-rotation ratio (2.21), field goal attempts (504), field goals (211), total points (625), points per game (16.4) and 3-point field goal percentage (.406). Lane is also the national leader in minutes played (1,305:42) and minutes per game (38.40). Sidney Cooks is averaging 15.5 points and a team best 8.0 rebounds, as well as a team best 52 total blocks (1.58/game). Cooks ranks in the top 50 nationally in total blocks, double-doubles (12), field goal attempts (465) and field goals (226).


• This will be Columbia’s first game against Seton Hall since 1993. The Pirates won the last game, 83-44, on December 4, 1993 at the Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange. Prior to the formation of the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium, the Pirates defeated Barnard College, 54-24, on February 4, 1974, also at Walsh Gym.




MORNING SIDE HOOPS
The new Morningside Hoops podcast is back for a fourth season. Formerly known as Inside Columbia Basketball, the podcast features weekly interviews with coaches and members of the men’s and women’s basketball programs. New episodes are available weekly on SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


To listen to this week’s episode, click here.



For the latest news on Columbia women’s basketball, follow @CULionsWBB on TwitterInstagram and Facebook, or on the web at GoColumbiaLions.com.

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